July is National Ice Cream Month
Cool down this summer with a classic frozen dessert and celebrate National Ice Cream Month! Americans are not alone in enjoying a delicious serving of ice cream, consuming about 14 L per capita annually. Not surprisingly, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reports that about 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream.
It’s estimated that about 98 percent of American households purchase ice cream! No wonder that President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. This year, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 20, 2014. Read more.
Introducing the League of SI Superheroes
Enjoy a new comic book-style video animation featuring the “League of SI Superheroes”, which is available on the NIST YouTube Channel. The NIST Public Affairs Office (PAO) developed the video to help middle school students learn about the 7 base measurement units. In their first adventure, Desperate Measures, the SI Superheroes use the power of measurement to help a stranded soccer player get home! The cast of characters include: Mole, Professor Second, Monsieur Kilogram, Mizz Ampere, Dr. Kelvin, Meter Man, and Candela. Be sure to add your comments on the NIST YouTube Channel and let us know what you think.
Welcome to the Minecraft Measurement Units Video Challenge!
The NIST Public and Business Affairs Office has announced the Minecraft Measurement Units Video Challenge. Your Challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to create one or more video clips in Minecraft that teaches others about what the seven units of the International System of Measurement (SI) are or why they are important in a fun way. Participants should post a link to your completed videos in the comments on YouTube.
The seven base SI units are:
Presidents and Measurements
Presidents’ Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February and is as a day where all U.S. presidents are remembered and honored. Enjoy the holiday by exploring these measurement education resources.
SI Teacher Kits Available for Educators
Attention Teachers! Did you know that you can obtain a free set of metric education resources for use in your classroom? Contact the NIST Metric Program at TheSI@nist.gov and include your name, school, subject, grade level, phone number, and mailing address. The NIST SI Teacher Kit a classroom set of metric rulers (NIST SP 376 - a 300 mm ruler), laminated metric conversion cards (NIST SP 365), SI Education CD, and other measurement resources. Read More.
Metric Week Begins October 9!
Counting the seconds until Metric Week (Oct. 9-15, 2011) begins? That’s the spirit! Seconds are the metric unit of time. You also could figure your distance in meters (the metric unit of length) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) labs in Gaithersburg, Md., where it’s metric all year round. Read More.
'SI' on the New SI: NIST Backs Proposal for a Revamped System of Measurement Units
Taking the first steps of what would be a major historical advance in the science of measurement, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is participating in a worldwide effort to recommend major revisions to the International System of Units (SI), the modern metric system that is the basis of global measurements in commerce, science and other aspects of everyday life. The new SI, which would be based on seven constants of nature, would enable researchers around the world to express the results of measurements at new levels of consistency and accuracy. Read More.
Metric Week Begins 10/10/10
Every day is a metric day at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But that won’t stop the agency from celebrating Metric Week, held annually the week of Oct. 10—the tenth day of the tenth month. Read More.
Proposed Rules Would Allow Metric Labeling for Some Products
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two publications calling for the amendment of labeling laws to allow the voluntary use of only metric units on some consumer products. NIST researchers hope that adoption of metric labeling will lead to greater agreement between state and federal labeling laws and simplify domestic and international commerce. Read More.
How Deep are Earth's Oceans?
Using satellite measurements, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, have come with up with a new ocean volume figure. The study’s calculation of the ocean’s mean depth is 3,682.2 meters, which is 21 - 51 meters less than previous estimates. Read More.
Celebration of World Metrology Day
NIST will hold its fourth annual celebration of World Metrology Day on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The Metre Convention was signed on 20 May 1875, a date now celebrated as World Metrology Day. The Convention created the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention – the worldwide uniformity of measurement – remains as important today, in 2010, as it was in 1875. Read More.
SI Educational Opportunity at NIST
On Friday, April 16, 2010, 10:30 am, Terry Quinn, Director Emeritus, BIPM will present "The Metre, The Kilogram and the Creation of the BIPM" during the NIST Colloquium Series. The event will be held at the NIST Administration building, Green Auditorium. Anyone outside NIST wishing to attend must be sponsored by a NIST employee and receive a visitor badge. Read More.
EU Metric-Only Labeling Directive Revised
The EU Metric Directive (80/181/EEC), scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2010, has been modified to allow the continuation of both supplemental (U.S. customary, inch-pound) and metric units for consumer goods sold in the EU. The rule was published on May 7, 2009 in the Official Journal of the European Union PDF.
The Directive instructs the European Commission to produce a report to the Parliament and Council regarding the smooth functioning of the internal market and international acceptance of SI units by December 31, 2019, including proposals where appropriate.
Demonstrated progress will be important for U.S. stakeholders to achieve long-term acceptance of supplemental units in the EU. Modifying the U.S. Fair Package and Labeling Act (FPLA), which currently requires dual labeling, to permit optional metric labeling is an example where greater international marketplace acceptance of SI units can be achieved.
NIST Metrology Day Celebrates Measurements in the Market